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I've been thinking about getting put on Xanax or Klonopin not for a long period of time, but for instences where I feel like I can't handle it or I'm way too anxious. And I know myself and I know when I can control the anxiety, but I'm afraid of withdrawal and the way they'll make me feel. (So your experiences are appreciated)

I'm already on paxil 10 MG have been for about a year now I don't know if I need to up the dose or what, I really need to talk to someone but I don't know where to begin but your thoughts are appreciated!!!

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Hi Misfitt! How do you like Paxil? I haven’t tried these medications, but I hope that your anxiety is getting more manageable! Maybe someone more experienced on in this community could offer more insight. I’ve been taking St. John’s Wort and Ashwaganda off and on, heard from a friend those were helpful for him. I didn’t like St. john’s wort, it gave me stomach issues. Keep us updated on your journey? <3

I have been on Klonopin for over 10 years. I have to take it regularly not as needed. I honestly wish I did not have to take it. I’ve tried many times with doctors help to taper off but without success. I think it would be ok as needed but definitely don’t end up on it all the time. Best of luck to you 😊

Hi, I was on Paxil for almost 20 years and up to 40 mg dose. I had a psychotic reaction last year when put on Prednisone for an acute sinus infection. After a week in psychiatric care and 4 week outpatient treatment, my psychiatrist and I decided to try something different because I had been experiencing depression and anxiety.

It was extremely challenging to get off Paxil. I was put on Cymbalta and then took two week intervals and reduced Paxil by 5 mg bit by bit. I had some intermittent days of feeling pretty lousy, but since I knew they would not last, I got better at coping with those days and road them out being very kind and patient with myself. I explained to my support people what I was experiencing and ways that they could help me and this helped me a great deal. They pampered me and loved on me and in a few months, I was off Paxil and am now only on Cymbalta.

I feel like I have more physical strength and energy than when I was on Paxil. I am sleeping better and feel more clear headed. I am on 40 mg of Cymbalta. I feel like I have a renewed interest in hobbies that I was just too exhausted to deal with and had felt like "what's the point." I have lost the achy feeling in my joints and puffiness all over.

I have made some life changes that had been nagging at me and monthly counseling have helped me with my perfectionism and feelings of guilt.

I wish you good luck and hope you will continue seeking advise and answers to your anxiety and depression. You are not alone, reach out to people you love and trust.


I take Zoloft & abilify and it has changed my life for the better ! At first I did have a lot of terrible side effects but they subside eventually. I would talk to the doctor who put you on Paxil and let him know how you are feeling and if it’s best to up the dose. Is paxil helping at all? I think I used to take it.

misfitt in reply to pink83737

Im not sure if it's helping or not, I mean I feel a lot better as time goes on but like I'm to the point to where I don't even know if it's even doing anything lol, I talked to my psychiatrist at school four times and she calls my pediatrician and suggested it, so I've just been on those for a year because I dropped out of school. I didn't even get to talk to a doctor about how I'm feeling on them or anything I'm just so confused 😂

pink83737 in reply to misfitt

Ahhh I know the feeling lol! I’m pretty sure I took Paxil a long time ago and couldn’t tell a difference if it was helping or not. Maybe try and find a new psychiatrist or something that could possibly help too.

I would recommend xanax as needed. It really is not the bad drug that people say it is. If you manage it well you can take it as needed for episodes and recover nicely. I have been on it (as needed) for almost 3 years. I will admit there are days or weeks that I take it during the day and then I can go with out it for a bit.

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